Asbestos Lawsuits Claims & Settlements
If you or a loved one have developed a cancer caused by exposure to asbestos or have lost a loved one to the devastating effects of this toxic material you may be eligible to file an asbestos lawsuit and seek compensation.
Our experienced, aggressive lawyers are now investigating claims from families who been affected by the dangers of being exposed to asbestos and suffered serious health problems and medical expenses through no fault of their own. Please contact us as soon as possible to ensure that all of your legal rights are protected.
You should know that all cases are different and there may be time limits involved in certain situations so the earlier you contact us the more effectively we can begin pursuing compensation in cases in which eligibility is determined.
Free consultations are being offered to advise families about the legal options that may be available to them in seeking compensation for the loss of a loved one and for individuals who have been diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma, asbestosis or asbestos-caused lung cancer.
Compensation could include medical costs, pain and suffering, loss of wages and a variety of other expenses that may have been incurred as a result of exposure to this deadly material.
DANGERS OF ASBESTOS EXPOSURE:
Asbestos has been prized since ancient times for its fire-retardant and insulating qualities as has its health risks. The Classical Greeks wrote of asbestos miners suffering from serious coughs and black lungs. The use of asbestos soared during the Industrial Revolution and the World Wars and became a common building component in housing during the Baby Boomer Era.
The health risks were frequently overlooked and it was not until the 1970s that our government adopted strict laws regulating the use of asbestos and launched an information campaign warning the public of the dangers. Here's a posting from the National Institutes of Health web site:
Asbestos is the name of a group of minerals with long, thin fibers. It was once used widely as insulation. It also occurs in the environment. Asbestos fibers are so small you can't see them. Disturbing asbestos can cause fibers to float in the air. When this happens, they are easy to inhale. You breathe out most fibers, but some become lodged in the lungs. Over time, they can build up in the lungs, causing scarring and inflammation. This can eventually affect breathing and lead to disease, such as
- Asbestosis, or scarring of the lungs that makes it hard to breathe
- Mesothelioma , a rare cancer that affects the lining of the lungs or abdomen
- Lung cancer
Lung diseases associated with asbestos usually develop over many years. Smoking cigarettes increases the risk.
ASBESTOS LATENCY PERIOD
Why are so many victims who have developed asbestos-caused cancers in their 60s, 70s and 80s?
The answer to this question is that these cancers have a very long latency period from the time a victim innocently inhales asbestos fibers to the time that these fibers fight off the body's immune system and generate cancer cells which form tumors and can spread to other parts of the body.
The reality, according to national health statistics, is that most victims are exposed to deadly asbestos in a work environment, usually when they were in their 20s or 30s. Because it can take 30, 40 or 50 years for the asbestos fibers to generate the cancer cells, most victims are in their advanced years when they become symptomatic.
These facts cause several other serious problems. First of all, the symptoms of mesothelioma, asbestosis and this form of lung cancer frequently are the same as those of less serious illnesses such as the flu or respiratory infections.
This means that many victims delay seeking treatment and the history of asbestos cancers shows that by the time most victims are diagnosed their cancer is so far advanced that it cannot be effectively treated by traditional methods of surgery, radiation or chemotherapy.
Sadly, most of the 2,000 to 3,000 Americans diagnosed with mesothelioma each year are told that they will have a life expectancy of less than 18 months.
JOBS AT RISK TO ASBESTOS EXPOSURE
The asbestos cases that our nationwide team of attorneys have investigated confirms statistics compiled by national health agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Occupational Safety & Health Administration.
They show that that the majority of the cases of mesothelioma and other asbestos-caused cancers involve exposure to asbestos in the workplace. Second-hand exposure, such as workers bringing home asbestos fibers on their clothing, does occur but far less frequently.
There is also a definite link between asbestos-caused cancers and certain jobs. If you once served in the U.S. Navy you fit the profile of many of our mesothelioma victims. That is because asbestos was a vital component in shipbuilding and an integral part of most ships that were built before and during World War II and the Korean and Vietnam wars.
The wear and tear of routine service and the stresses of combat freed many asbestos fibers and exposed countless sailors to the toxic dangers of asbestos. National health statistics show that Navy veterans are at the top of the list of asbestos victims.
Also disproportionately represented as asbestos victims are shipyard workers, auto mechanics and victims who worked in the construction and manufacturing trades, such as carpenters, insulators, roofers, plumbers, electricians, tile workers and carpet layers.
Our aggressive, experienced national team of asbestos lawyers is well versed in the intricacies of asbestos laws and how they apply to victims who worked in those and other occupations in which they were negligently exposed to asbestos.
Please contact us as soon as possible for a free consultation about your eligibility to compensation for an asbestos-caused illness.
ASBESTOS DISEASE SYMPTOMS
What are the symptoms of asbestos-caused diseases such as mesothelioma, asbestosis and lung cancer? Here are descriptions outlined by the Mayo Clinic, which notes that signs and symptoms of mesothelioma vary depending on where the cancer occurs:
Pleural mesothelioma, which affects the tissue that surrounds the lungs, causes signs and symptoms that may include:
- Chest pain under the rib cage
- Painful coughing
- Shortness of breath
- Unusual lumps of tissue under the skin on your chest
- Unexplained weight loss
Peritoneal mesothelioma, which occurs in tissue in the abdomen, causes signs and symptoms that may include:
- Abdominal pain
- Abdominal swelling
- Lumps of tissue in the abdomen
- Unexplained weight loss
Other forms of mesothelioma
Signs and symptoms of other types of mesothelioma are unclear, since these forms of the disease are very rare. Pericardial mesothelioma, which affects tissue that surrounds the heart, can cause signs and symptoms such as breathing difficulty and chest pains. Mesothelioma of tunica vaginalis, which affects tissue surrounding the testicles, may be first detected as swelling or a mass on a testicle.
When to see a doctor
See your doctor if you have signs and symptoms that may indicate mesothelioma. Signs and symptoms of mesothelioma aren't specific to this disease and, due to the rarity of mesothelioma, are more likely to be related to other conditions. If any persistent signs and symptoms seem unusual or bothersome, ask your doctor to evaluate them. Tell your doctor if you've been exposed to asbestos fibers.
HOW TO FILE AN ASBESTOS CLAIM
You probably aren't aware of the fact that asbestos lawyers have won billions of dollars on behalf of their clients in settlements and claims and jury awards and that large corporations and insurance companies have set aside billions more in anticipation of future legal costs.
Our aggressive asbestos lawyers have a long history of winning and negotiating compensation for those who are proven responsible for exposing workers and the public to the dangers of asbestos.
Our experienced legal team can work with you and outline all the legal options available to you and make it to file a claim to protect the legal rights to which you may be entitled.
It doesn't cost anything to find out about the merits of your case because our legal team offers a free consultation if you contact us.
What compensation might you or a loved one be eligible to seek? Here is a partial list of compensation costs won in a long history of cases involving other clients:
- Medical expenses
- Funeral expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of employment
- Loss of wages
- Expenses not covered by insurance
- Travel expenses for treatment
- Prescription costs
If you are a family with a member who has been diagnosed with an asbestos-caused disease such as mesothelioma, asbestos or lung cancer or have lost a loved one to these diseases we urge you to contact us as soon as possible for experienced, aggressive legal representation to seek the compensation you may be due, dependent upon the facts of your case.
*Food and Drug Administration
*National Institutes of Health
*Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
*Occupational Safety & Health Administration